(FreedomBeacon.com)- Brace yourselves, there’s a new variant of COVID-19 that the world’s about to start freaking out over.
According to U.S. health officials, a subvariant of the Delta COVID mutation that was first seen in the United Kingdom has now been found in Israel and the United States.
During a Wednesday briefing by the White House COVID-19 Response Team, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Rochelle Walensky confirmed that the new subvariant has been discovered within our own borders, but said that it has not been found in clusters.
She added that the normal Delta variant of the virus is still the dominant variant here. With some 99.7% of sequence cases being caused by Delta. She added that there are new variants emerging all the time and continuing to spread, and referred to the new Delta subvariant as “AY4.2.”
Walensky said that AY4.2 is a “sublineage of the Delta variant” and that it has been occasionally discovered in the United States, but not with increasing frequency or in large clusters. It means that while it is present, it is not spreading as rapidly as the normal Delta variant and is not at present a risk of becoming the dominant variant.
Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, called for more research into the subvariant to be performed on Sunday. He said that as the United Kingdom just recorded its biggest single-day increase in COVID cases in three months, the new variant must be studied to discover if the virus could be more transmissible or if it is partially capable of immune evasion.
Whatever any investigation finds, you know they’re going to use it to justify more lockdowns and vaccine mandates, right?